Give and take

You look through the key hole , a lanky short , tired fellow staring at you at 10:30 p.m. carrying your pizza. As usual i tip him , he makes a thanking gesture to the God and then thanks me. I take the pizza , pay up for it and return happily not because of the pizza and also not because of the good time i was having with my friends but for the fact that a small gesture brings hope to a guy who will return back to his one room family house on a cycle at mid night and he will feel less pathetic waking up and returning to the same job next day.

I firmly believe in small gestures: pay for their coffee, hold the door for strangers, over tip, smile or try to be kind even when you don’t feel like it, pay compliments, chase the kid’s runaway ball down the sidewalk and throw it back to him, try to be larger than you are — particularly when it’s difficult. People do notice, people appreciate. I appreciate it when it’s done to (for) me. Small gestures can be an effort, or actually go against our grain (“I’m not a big one for paying compliments…”), but the irony is that almost every time you make them, you feel better about yourself. For a moment life suddenly feels lighter, a bit more like dancing in the rain.

Last few weeks of life have been awesome you can say staying in five stars and four stars. I have traveled a lot in the past few days and sometimes have used the public transport just for fun and for feeling the pain of people who cannot afford it. In one of these instances, i waited for a public transport almost for an hour and had to finally travel on the roof. Though the journey was enjoyable but was also an isight to the fact that sometimes we measure things according to how we have been living and the place we have been living in. To all those who shrug at the sight of the Howrah station or make faces on dirt or being served badly by someone in a restaurant i would just request that never forget that it is not the problem of the city or the person but it is a problem of your whom you have been overlooking.  Never forget the Indianness and the Indian within you.

I started this post differently on a topic of importance to give away. Well i wanted to pen down some thoughts and somehow have found sometime now. Economically if you tip someone there is a high chance of that money being spent and in turn being circulating in the economy which in economics is well known as the multiplier effect. Emotionally it will make you happy. However on a service perspective it is important as someone who has served you deserves money which in the US has been made mandatory to give a 10% of what you eat. I say do tip just for the fact that it does bring a change however small it may be.


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